Note to self: come hell or high water, resist falling prey to the unadulterated self-obsession that’s a natural by-product of weirdly niche social media attention. For the sake of all things holy, this must remain one of my primary goals. For example, I can’t tell you how many times interviewers have asked me to regale them with the “most exciting/inspiring feedback I’ve ever received” on social media. They always seem so excited to ask this question, no doubt expecting me to rattle off at the mouth about how “inspirational” I am. But like…..what the actual fuck. Who would say some shit like that? Typically, I end up unintentionally throwing shade on the person who asked the question bc….well frankly, what kind of an asshole gloats about kind words from strangers? To be honest, deepening my yoga practice at this stage in my professional career is fucking wild. I mean, ultimately, isn’t yoga all about renouncing the ego and stepping away from narcissism? But certain aspects of the commercial yoga world basically require ego and narcissism. I mean, that’s an effing catch-22 if I’ve ever heard of one. But I couldn’t have asked for a better way to mentally explore the complexities of capitalism. Especially when it’s focused on the intersection of capitalism and yoga. And ESPECIALLY when my fat ass is sitting smack dab on top of that intersection.
Cleveland, OH! Dallas, TX! Houston, TX! Athens, GA- I’ll be in all of these cities within the next week! I’m pretty sure the all-levels yoga classes are sold out in Dallas and Athens, but there may still be space in the Dallas, TX “teachers only” class on Saturday- and even if you’re not a teacher, it’ll still be a sweaty ass good time 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾. Info about all upcoming events can be found on JessamynStanley.com/tour!
Unrelated, shout out to @fastcompany bc they named yours truly as one of their 100 most creative people in business. And yes, bitch- I KNOW I was just talking about the perils of narcissism but life is full of contradictions and you better believe ya girl was feeling herself when this news was announced. I can’t help it, god ain’t done with me yet. 💯 (at Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to all of you being really enthusiastic about #everybodyyoga, I’ve received a lot of exceedingly generous press lately. But real talk, if I individually shouted out every media outlet that has shown me love, I would probably blow chunks all over my computer from verbal masturbation fatigue. That being said, I’m REALLY FUCKING HONORED to be included in @fastcompany’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue- thanks for validating a career path that totally goes against the advice of every authority figure in my life. In fact, I reallllllly want to insert a few petty as fuck emojis toward some of my undergrad and grad professors but yoga is making me shut my ass up soooo ANYWAY the link to the profile is on my Facebook page- check it out if you into that kinda thing 💋
Totally unrelated, I’m teaching a retreat at @1440multiversity in August AND I’ll be at Hawaii Yoga Festival in October- see you there? Check out jessamyn stanley.com for more info!
Photo by the amazing @yogicphotos (at Seattle, Washington)
“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to stay alive, like the rest of us.”
So begins the American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, The Secret World Inside You, which explores the incredible, invisible, and bountiful life forms that call the human body their home. Today, scientists call this collection of microorganisms the “human microbiome.”
Numbering anywhere from 30 trillion to 100s of trillions, there are more microorganisms in your body than there are stars in the Milky Way. Today, they’re often compared to an extra “organ,” since together they weigh three pounds—about the same as your brain—and seem to perform countless functions in our body, from helping our digestion to affecting our mood, of which researchers are only just now starting to grasp the scope.
Breast milk contains several types of bacteria passed to infants, and also nourishes other bacteria—about 10% of the nutrients in all breast milk can’t be digested by humans at all. Breast milk also contains chemical “decoys” that mimic place where disease-causing microbes attack—so pathogens stick to milk molecules rather than a baby’s cells.
More than 1,000 kinds of bacteria live in the human mouth, and around 100 to 200 species. Most do no harm, or actively protect from infection. But the right conditions can also cause tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Different bacteria dominate your mouth during night and day—the ones on your tongue produce the stinky “sulfurous” chemicals at night when food is scarce and your mouth dries out (and saliva isn’t around to wash them away).
This week on Txchnologist, we learned how biologist Zhen-Ming Pei and his team discovered a gene called OSCA1 that serves as a thermostat for plants. The gene is the foundation of the plant’s dehydration alarm system, and signals the organism to begin deploying countermeasures to endure the prolonged absence of water. The team believes the gene can be altered to eventually grow crops that are more drought-resistant, which would augment food production in areas where water scarcity plagues the population.
Astronomers are in the final steps of preparing to launch a stratospheric balloon holding an advanced X-ray detector into the atmosphere above New Mexico. The instrument will measure the polarization of a variety of targets – a galaxy, a neutron star, a binary star system, and two black holes. The success of this launch will provide a closer look into the astrophysics of these objects in addition to other fundamental physics governing the universe.
Stanford University researchers reported they have successfully disassembled water molecules into gaseous hydrogen and oxygen with the electromotive force of a single AAA battery, improving on the centuries-old method of the electrolysis of water. With this advance, they may have created a more efficient way to generate hydrogen gas fuel for coming applications in fuel cells for cars and power generation.
Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.
This Nigerian College Student Built a Wind- And Solar-Powered Car From Scraps
Segun Oyeyiola took a Volkswagen Beetle and turned it into a fully renewable off-road vehicle. He’s not going to stop working on it until it becomes the future of driving in Nigeria.
When it comes to the success of the electric car, billionaire Elon Musk is viewed as nothing short of a miracle worker. But roughly 8,000 miles away from Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters, Segun Oyeyiola has also managed to make something extraordinary on a smaller scale. The engineering senior at Nigeria’s Obagemi Awolowo University spent a year retrofitting a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind and solar-powered car, partly made of free scrap parts donated by friends and family. Everything else cost under $6,000.
There’s little question as to why Oyeyiola, who is taking his finals in the next two weeks, would devote so much of his extra-curricular time and resources to the project.
As he wrote in an email to Co.Exist:
“I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission[s] going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect: seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected.”
“Therefore, I came up of building a car that will use both winds and solar energy for its movement,” he continued. “This was my personal project because of the problem I’m planning to solve." (Read more)
Beyond the dioramas and dinosaurs, the American Museum of Natural History is working behind the scenes to boost equality in STEM. “Capturing [women and minorities] young and giving them the opportunity to really do science is very special, and very essential to where we fit,” says Museum President Ellen Futter. Achieving gender and opportunity equality “takes a village,” she adds. “You need to cover all the bases.”